The Stereotypical Racial Class Given to Blacks Creates an Inferior Socioeconomic Class

analytical Essay
1905 words
1905 words

Comedy consists of many components. It starts with the formation of comedic writing and leads to current day comedic skit. Early comedy dates back to Greek and Latin writers and is used to describe works with happy conclusions. Middle aged comedy shifted work to more substantial “happy endings”. A current definition of the word defined by the Oxford English Dictionary states, “That branch of the drama which adopts a humorous or familiar style, and depicts laughable characters and incidents” (Comedy, 2012). This definition brings us to the issue in review. Comedy is made to evoke laughter from its viewers; whether that laughter is from verbal stories, visual cues, or socially excluded ideas. In doing so, comedy constantly touches on issues of current events, human endeavor, and the too familiar issue of race. Formed from character constructs, cast diversity, and storyline, race in comedy follows many stereotypical viewpoints to create the racial character. The character described empowers the racial description, commonly depicted across television comedy. Racial humor in television comedy creates a framework describing Black characters, prevalent in many television programs, exhibiting their family dynamics, speech, mannerisms, and socioeconomic status. The use speech in television comedy characterizes racial Black stereotypes. One major example of racist speech forms in the syntax and diction of language. Lenny Henry’s Live and Unleashed explains some of the common language derived stereotypes. While not a television show, comedian Henry uses a concert film to display Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, all played by Henry. Using common stereotypes, he forms a concentrated skit that highlights the “stereotypical depict... ... middle of paper ... ...lish Dictionary Online, Retrieved April 15, 2014. Cummings, M. S. (1988). The changing image of the Black family on television. The Journal of Popular Culture, 22(2), 75-85. Lyons. (2003). The Role of Black Comedy in Supporting Stereotypes of Black Intellectual Inferiority. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, 1(20), 84-89. Retrieved March 26, 1994 Reid, P. T. (1979). Racial stereotyping on television: A comparison of the behavior of both Black and White television characters. Journal of Applied Psychology, 64(5), 465. Weaver, S. (2010). The ‘Other’ laughs back: Humour and resistance in anti-racist comedy. Sociology, 44(1), 31-48. Wilkerson, I. (1993, August 15). TELEVISION; Black Life on TV: Realism or Stereotypes?. New York Times. Retrieved April 18, 2014. Wisniewski, K. A. (Ed.). (2009). The comedy of dave chappelle: Critical essays. McFarland.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that comedy begins with the formation of comedic writing and leads to current day comedy skit. early comedy dates back to greek and latin writers.
  • Analyzes how race in comedy follows stereotypical viewpoints to create the racial character. racial humor creates a framework describing black characters, prevalent in many television programs.
  • Analyzes how lenny henry's live and unleashed characterizes racial black stereotypes. he uses a concert film to display steve martin, richard pryor, and eddie murphy.
  • Analyzes how chris rock highlights the difference in his comedy performances and film experiences. he uses repetition and hyperbole, components that give his voice an added impression of contempt that is not transferred in the text.
  • Analyzes how language highlights race in the choice of words used by characters. the script for here and now called for a character to slap his sidekick when he said something dumb.
  • Analyzes chappelle's use of the word 'nigger' in tv comedy with a twist — he uses the last name of white family in leave it to beaver in conjunction with common stereotypes, such as money responsibility, and seating availability.
  • Analyzes how the taboo of using ‘nigger’ or any of its subsidiaries is questioned in its representation of black stereotypes.
  • Analyzes the use of common mannerisms to define a stereotypical black character in television comedy. in the series martin, the main character played by martin lawrence follows many stereotypes.
  • Analyzes coleman's analysis of african american viewers and the black situation comedy. both comedies were composed of a majority of black cast members with the main character being black.
  • Analyzes how cummings' changing image of the black family on television ridiculed and humiliated black actors and characters, inviting mockery to the unflattering image of blacks.
  • Explains that the difference in black and white female portrayals also describes black characters through mannerisms. pamela reid studied these differences by examining viewer evaluations of twelve behaviors observed in 110 example characters.
  • Analyzes how early portrayals of black families lacked conclusive results. this image was not congruent with much of the television comedy past 1982.
  • Analyzes how the family dynamic of black families in television comedy allude to the socioeconomic status stereotypically depicted of black families.
  • Analyzes how the stereotypical racial class given to blacks in many television comedies creates a black character that fits an inferior socioeconomic status.
  • Analyzes how consideration of each stereotype concludes an image of the black comedy character; they are seen as inferior and reliant on white superiors, having strong family ties, awkward in appearance, immature and silly, and black women are dominant and with less achievement.
  • Cites bryant, j. a. (2001), television and the american family. routledge.
  • Explains the role of black comedy in supporting stereotypes of black intellectual inferiority.
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